The impact of obesity, metabolic disorders and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) on public health calls for an integrated and translational approach spanning from basic to clinical research and treatment. The objective of the University Hospital Institute of Cardiometabolic Diseases and Nutrition (ICAN) is to develop integrated strategies to improve prevention and promote a personalized medicine based upon the identification of preclinical molecular events, predictors of responses to treatment and innovative diagnostic tools and therapies.
The increasing new knowledge in the field of cardiometabolic diseases (CMD) calls urgently for new programs of teaching and training for medical and scientific students as well as for health and allied heath professionals.
The new integrated approach of translational research and personalised medicine in CMD needs to be taught in theory and practise to the future generation of researchers in the field. The development of large-scale OMIC tools (genomics, metagenomics, lipidomics metabolomics, etc.) is accompanied by the accumulation of huge data that need to be analysed and processed applying systemic biology approaches to discover (bio)markers for diagnostic, prognostic and treatment of CMD. The compelling role recently attributed to our “second genome”, gut microbiota, in health and diseases, and in particular in metabolic diseases, requires teaching new skills in genomics, microbiology, and systems biology. Practice to molecular clinical and phenotyping need to be dispensed for opening new windows into clinical research. Equally important is the education of students to social and medico-economic issues linked with the cardiometabolic field.
Progresses in medical knowledge and patients’ treatment compel dissemination of new knowledge and expertise to health (in particular nurses) and allied health professionals to improve patient care. The burden associated with care pathways for patients with complex metabolic and nutrition-related diseases, calls for the creation of new professions in the health sector to perform the functions of coordination of care from initial care to the management of the living, with an objective contribution to greater autonomy and quality of life.
Finally, there are also needs on the industrial side for training and education on both the pathophysiological aspects in cardiometabolic diseases and the different issues raised by patient care.
The education and training objectives of ICAN lean on two main pillars that rely on ICAN major scientific and medical priorities: Integrative biology, translational research & personalised medicine
To attract and train new talents in the field of CMD research through:
– Supporting the initial formation of students in double degree (engineers, medical students/interns/assistants, MBA, etc.)
– Creating new teaching programmes related to most recent developments in translational research and personalised medicine in the field of CMDs, with interdisciplinary approaches – in medico-social aspects of chronic diseases, health economics, technology transfer, etc.
– Increasing international partnerships with European/International universities, medical schools, and Institutes for translational medicine in CMDs, for shared teaching courses and student exchanges and enrolment.
– Participating in the construction of new pan-European education programmes by bringing ICAN combined expertise in the field of innovation, research and care, in chronic diseases.
To offer new skills and competences related to new knowledge in CMDs through:
– Setting-up short-term teaching modules combining courses and practises in the research and care domains for which ICAN has a unique expertise (molecular, biological and clinical phenotyping in CMDs, stem cells in cardiovascular repair, animal models for bariatric surgery, etc.), for professionals from the public and private sectors.
– Implementing new teaching programmes to train young students or professionals to a new profession of “Engineer in Health” whose mission will be to ensure an interdisciplinary care coordination and / or projects for complex patients with chronic diseases.